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March 8, 2011

White people with too much time and money.

  1. March 8, 2011 6:43 pm

    The world is their playground.

    • la redactora permalink
      March 9, 2011 3:19 am

      Yep, it’s really quite disgusting.

  2. Dame Jilla of Schist permalink
    March 8, 2011 7:57 pm

    You don’t need the tech, it’s a life-saving skill to have if you live in the north. Orienteering would be just as useful. Mandatory really.

    You and I have the same taste in literature brought to film. Right now, I am watching Clatterford. Have you done a feminist perspective on that? I think it’s well suited.

    • March 8, 2011 8:12 pm

      I competed in Orienteering in high school and won most of the time. Although I would finish the course (regardless of how difficult) with very good times, I won mostly because I was the only female who entered the contest (I ran mostly orange, red once or twice). Those days are long gone.

      If by Clatterford you mean Cranford, shame on you. No, I haven’t done a feminist perspective, perhaps I shall. I need to finish the ones I have in holding right now, such as Pan’s Labyrinth. I am thinking about writing about raising a daughter in addition to watching television/movies/films/mini-series. I just want to keep the blog on somewhat of a track instead of a full-fledged “me, me, me, me, psychoanalysis.” That is so 2003.

    • Mary Sunshine permalink
      March 9, 2011 3:28 pm

      Orienteering would be just as useful

      And not so dependent on a bunch of actually *fragile* technology.

      I wish I knew orienteering. Used to have a wonderful old book on it, but it perished. I’ll find stuff on the net.

    • March 9, 2011 6:46 pm

      You know Mary, you already like to walk (hike even?), all you need is a hand held compass and a course. There may be a group in your area. My coach wanted me to try and win more, but I just liked being out there, especially when the course was thick with trees. I didn’t really like the rocky and hilly courses as much as I liked dodging ponds, lakes, rivers, streams and thickets. And nothing is like running across a deer, elk, skunk, raccoon, etc…………..

  3. Jilla permalink
    March 8, 2011 8:29 pm

    It’s still me. I think I’m unworthy of the other.

    Clatterford was a tv series from the U.K, written by Jennifer Saunders, starring herself, Sue Johnston (Little Dorrit) and Dawn French. There were three series and about 16 episodes, ending about 2007. BBC did not renew the contract. The only reason I can discern is it was too much about women. Oh noes. It was called Jam and Jerusalem in the U.K. but I understood it was on PBS, in the U.S. as Clatterford. I didn’t see it. I borrow DVDs, and it’s on YouTube, but it’s not fair to watch such good storytelling and characterziation all broken up. Sue Johnston and Dawn French are marvellous to watch. French very insightfully and sympathetically plays a woman living with dissociative disorder from childhood sexual abuse. They don’t really do into the latter too much, but her performance is awesome.

    • March 8, 2011 8:38 pm

      I totally have to look into this one. I will start at the library. I have been thinking of paying Netflix $8 for a couple of months just to catch everything the library does not have and then canceling the account.

      I think I understand all of that other business. Everyone is on moderation right now until I have more computer time.

    • March 9, 2011 2:39 pm

      By the way, I hate when titles are changed for the U.S. What does that mean? Keep the damn title as it is! Because whenever you do hear about the reasoning for the change, it makes little sense.

  4. la redactora permalink
    March 9, 2011 7:26 pm

    That’s not half as bad as people in the US not being able to understand the accents. My mother is always saying she can’t. I can almost get it if it’s ‘northern’ or Glaswegian or something that the ear has never been exposed to. But needing subtitles? Granted, I am sure there are some people who need them regardless, hearing issues or whatever. But ‘normal’ Americans needing subtitles for people the same language, and/or a very similar language is beyond me.

  5. Jilla permalink
    March 9, 2011 8:07 pm

    Regarding the name changes: yes in this case, it loses in the translation, wot. The U.K. program name Jam and Jerusalem is a bit of a ‘put-down’ name referring to the women’s guilds common in the U.K. who do “good works” for the community. Raising money for this and that. The tongue-in-cheek Jam and Jerusalem reference comes about from some thinking all the guilds do is make jam. Their guild “hymn” is Jerusalem. I don’t know if they are all connected to a church, or some to the community. This one seems to be connected to a church, a never ending source of hilarity and ridicule for the women toward the local church and their vicar.

    You’ve gotta get it Kitty, and Mary.

    Mary, orientation groups give public demos with a free try-out, sponsored by city parks and recs depts. You get a map, and you can google more maps for your area on your local group’s website.

    There’s quite a huge orienteering rage around your vicinity. They use that land form up near you? Y’know the one shall remain nameless here.

  6. Jilla permalink
    March 9, 2011 8:10 pm

    And re subtitles: sometimes the patter is so fast, which is also a feature of certain U.K. vernaculars. If you watch subtitles for a few programs, say of They Royles, you can drop it after awhile when you ‘get’ it.

  7. Jilla permalink
    March 9, 2011 8:27 pm

    Another point about Jam and Jerusalem/Clatterford: it’s the only best acted, thoroughly wonderful, serious but comedic tv program I’d recommend, to anyone, especially a critic. For starters it does not have ONE porny “mutilated woman in the room” as the story focus. There is however a dead person. Watch nurse nurse Sal and her friend try to remember how to do CPR.

    Sal’s husband the doctor desparages her out-of-date medical knowledge.

    “You’ve not taken a course since 1972” he yells at her across the surgery.

    “That’s because they don’t give courses in what I do well, which is to give a shit”, Sal yells back.

    I really think they canned this program because it reveres the women, there are no men on whom the story pivots or centres, and as I said, no mutilated women in the room.

    French won a BAFTA for her role in this.

  8. Jilla permalink
    March 9, 2011 8:31 pm

    I’m sorry to be so repetitive. I’d really like you all to watch this. I am pds you will enjoy it, and at times have tears in your eyes, and often laugh so hard that more are rolling down your cheeks.

    P.S. And if nothing else I’ve said makes you run out the door to find it….


  9. Mary Sunshine permalink
    March 13, 2011 8:58 pm

    A rather scary article about our vulnerability to GPS jamming:

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